A North Carolina officer has been accused of driving under the influence after a traffic stop. Another officer apparently spotted the man's car traveling at a high rate of speed over railroad tracks. The vehicle bottomed out and the accused turned the vehicle left, but was swerving and driving erratically. The officer stopped the vehicle and the accused is now facing charges of driving under the influence.
The man was off duty at the time but was inside of his police cruiser when he was arrested. The responding officer noticed the smell of alcohol wafting from the man's vehicle. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. The man did not have his driver's license and refused a breathalyzer test.
He is currently employed as a narcotics officer but has since been suspended from the department amid an ongoing internal investigation. The officer has since been released on bond. Fortunately there were no injuries as a result of this incident.
When a North Carolina officer faces driving under the influence charges, it can affect them in more ways than one. He is facing criminal charges, but he will also have to deal with the fallout from his job as a narcotics officer. If he is convicted of this crime, it is likely he will lose his job. Future job prospects in law enforcement could also be dim. As such, he would do well to ensure he is aware of his rights and the consequences a conviction could bring for him because doing so may encourage him to fight these charges.
Source: wsoctv.com, "Rock Hill Officer suspended following DUI arrest in Fort Mill," Greg Suskin, Nov. 19, 2012